Stanislav Petrov, The Soviet Soldier Who Saved The Modern World, Passes Away At 77

Submitted by: daegog 1 month ago in News & Politics


According to The New York Times, Stanislav Petrov, the man who saved the world, died Sunday at the age of 77. 

Stanislav Petrov was a lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces who became known as "the man who single-handedly saved the world from nuclear war" for his role in the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident.

On September 26, 1983, just three weeks after the Soviet military had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Petrov was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile had been launched from the United States, followed by up to five more. 

Petrov judged the reports to be a false alarm, and his decision is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large-scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the Soviet satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned.

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Male 3,447
We would not be here is it wasn't for this man.  Great post.
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Male 860
kalron27 I was already here by 1983 (& drinking), but I take your point.  Yes, great post.
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Male 3,447
punko So was I, but that doesn't mean he didn't allow me to continue living due to his decision ;)
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Male 1,317
I though Matthew Broderick saved the world?  

And his reward is that he had to marry a horse.
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Female 4,440
woodyville06 transvestite donkey witch
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Male 1,317
melcervini can I assume you were not a Sex and the City fan?
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Male 402
woodyville06 was anybody?
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Male 1,317
dkm458 no one who either is or identifies as male.
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